Lora L. (Nowack) Neal, 81, a longtime Garfield resident, died on Saturday July 10, 2021 at Brookside Manor in Hood River, Oregon.
Lora was born on April 2, 1940, in Potlatch, to Leo and Lora (McCown) Nowack. The family lived in Potlatch where Lora attended school and graduated from Potlatch High School in 1958. Lora then attended the University of Idaho after graduating.
Lora married Archie Neal on September 1, 1961, in Potlatch, and the couple made Garfield their home. Lora has been a wonderful housewife and mother her entire life. After her children graduated from high school, she took on several part-time jobs as an office worker. She attended Washington State University and obtained her BA in Elementary Education in 1990. After that, she worked for Residence Life at WSU in Pullman until 2003, then for Bishop Law Offices at Garfield until her retirement.
Ms. Neal enjoyed being involved in the community through the Methodist Church and PEO. She has also worked with several other community support groups. Lora loved people and has always been a lady. She was known everywhere as a kind, cheerful, and advocate for the wounded and the underdog, even until her last days in memory care facilities.
Lora loved to visit her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She played golf with her husband and enjoyed traveling with Archie to various places including Italy, Canada and Mexico, and almost every state in the United States.
Survivors include a son, Larry Neal, and his wife, Wendy, of Winlock, Washington; two daughters, Deborah Bell and her husband, Stoner, of White Salmon, Washington, and Stacia Fisher and her husband, Brendan, of Portland, Oregon. Lora is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Lora was predeceased by her husband, Archie Neal, of Garfield; his parents, Leo and Lora Nowack, of Potlatch; and his siblings, Margret Day Riley, Fred Nowack, Gwen Nowack, Mary Jane Boucher, Terry Nowack, Leo Jr. (Jim) Nowack, Charles Nowack and Nancy Hilgers.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Garfield Christian Fellowship Church with Stoner Bell as officiant. Interment to follow at Garfield Cemetery. A light lunch at the church will follow the funeral service.
Memorial gifts can be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.
The Kramer Funeral Home in Palouse takes care of the family. You are welcome to leave your condolences online and order flowers for the family at kramercares.com.